SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 21: Nelson Mandela just before the first national elections in 1994. South Africa. (Photo by Media24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at his home. He was 95.
As the news of his death spread, country stars turned to Twitter to express their condolences and share favorite quotes from the visionary.
LeAnn Rimes – LeAnnRimes: R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts – JoeDonRooney: #RIPNelsonMandela what a soul – what a visionary – what an inspiration! His legacy will live on forever
Wynonna – WynonnaMusic: Nelson Mandela, a peace maker, crossed over today. He was 95. #RIP
Jennifer Nettles – Jennifer Nettles: What a light in this world. Rest peacefully in the love of the lives you changed.
Kristian Bush – KristianBush: Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Your words and life inspired me. Rest in peace.
A state funeral is being planned for Mr. Mandela.
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